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Acton, MA, 01720

Upcoming Events

These are some of the performances that are coming up soon. Visit our “Schedule” page for a full list of this season’s offerings. And to keep up to date, sign up for our eblast; “like” our Facebook page, “follow” us on Instagram @fugitiveproductions.

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington
Aug
22
7:30 PM19:30

Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe, Arlington

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

June’s Theme: “The Heat Is On”

Featured Tellers

Susanne Schmidt
Susanne is a standup comedienne, master storyteller, and producer for The Moth. She has appeared in The Boston Women in Comedy Festival, The Toronto SheDot Festival and named the “Best of the Valley Voices” by The Academy of Music Theater and New England Public Radio. Her work as a storyteller and producer has been featured on National Public Radio and CBS Sunday Morning. She is a teaching artist at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and a graduate professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Susanne is the founder of a Say It Forward Productions an organization dedicated to helping nonprofits bring the stories of their work to life. She is the mother of two amazing young men who would prefer that she stop talking about them on stage.

Jannelle Codianni
Janelle is passionate about empowerment, connection, and compassion. She aims to use this trinity to set herself free, and would love to take you with her, but only if you want to come. When she isn’t writing and performing, she’s working at a nonprofit arts venue, remodeling her vintage camper, powerlifting, or mothering her two bright daughters. Her one-woman show, Structural Integrity: Stories from the Search for Body Autonomy, debuted in May.

Mark Modrall
Mark is a computer programmer from Littleton. He started telling stories in public about six years ago when he ran out of relatives who hadn't heard that one before. He's won several story slams at the Moth and Massmouth, and he's been a featured speaker at WGBH's “Stories From the Stage.” And he counts himself blessed that he's occasionally invited to speak with much better tellers at great venues, like Fugitive Productions.

$10/online • $12/door • Order your tickets here.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.
Online ticketing ends at 4pm on the day of the show

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in Arlington or another location? Fill out our form here.

Watch Fugitive Stories online

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017. Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.

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Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz
Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz

When Molly and Haley met, they instantly became musical soulmates. They discovered their shared love of jazz standards and Brazilian music — and their admiration for Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro. They packed the house on Valentine’s Day. Join them as they do what they do best — perform the music they love, from the heart.

Composer, arranger, and keyboardist Molly Flannery is known for her distinctive touch on the piano, her melodic improvisations, and her ability to groove in jazz, latin, and Brazilian idioms. After studying composition, improvisation and theory at Yale, Molly began her performing career in Japan where she appeared frequently at local clubs. When she eventually settled in Boston, she studied jazz with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, Kenny Werner, Harvey Diamond, and Doug Johnson. Her CD releases include ”Slow Dance at the Asylum” and “Riding the Bull.”

Singer/Composer Haley Peltz grew up in Lincoln and recently moved back from Brazil where she lived for several years. While immersing herself in Brazilian music, Haley also strove to bring the U.S. sound to her adopted country. Her last project abroad, a tribute show to the 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald, received critical and public acclaim in Brazil. In 2016, she was awarded first place in the Popular Singing Competition at the São Paulo School of Music. Haley continues to seek new cultural connections between American jazz and Brazilian music, highlighting women composers.

Doors open at 6:30pm
$12/online • $15/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online tickets are available until 4pm on the date of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide a full bar including some excellent wine offerings. Orange Door is a no-cash, no-tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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ACTON — Fugitive Comedy Night
Sep
20
8:00 PM20:00

ACTON — Fugitive Comedy Night

Featuring Kate Willett.
Guest Host Bethany Van Delft.

Doors open at 7:30pm
$13/online • $16/door
Order your tickets here.
Online ticket sales end at 4pm on the day of the show
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

We’re hosting comedy nights at both West Acton Villageworks and Twenty-Nine restaurant in Sudbury starting in September, Fugitive Comedy Night brings us some of the best comics the area has to offer. Order tickets now.

Headliner Kate Willett
Kate is a comedian, actress, and writer whose raunchy feminist storytelling is both smart and relatable. Her 15-minute special premiered on Netflix’s “Comedy Lineup” in 2018. She’s the cohost of the “Reply Guys” podcast. Kate has been a correspondent for “The Jim Jeffries Show” (now airing on Comedy Central), has been featured on Viceland’s “Flophouse,” and her appearance on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening” was on Splitsider’s list of “2016’s Best Late Night Standup Sets.” Kate toured with Margaret Cho nationally and internationally as well as many other A-list comics. She has appeared in the Just for Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival, Limestone Comedy Festival, High Plains, Big Sky Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest (five years in a row), and most recently Laughing Skull. She was a “Comic to Watch” at the LA Riot festival. Her comedy album “Glass Gutter” was released in 2017.

Click on the image to see roving reporter Kate Willett on Comedy Central’s Jim Jeffries show.

Click on the image to see roving reporter Kate Willett on Comedy Central’s Jim Jeffries show.

Guest Host Bethany Van Delft
Bethany’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and notable appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly show, “Artisanal Comedy,” has been named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany enjoys being a panelist on “You’re the Expert” and “Literary Death Match,” and is thrilled to be Mainstage storyteller and host for The Moth.

Opener Kwasi Mensah
Kwasi bridges the gap between insightful observations about race and still thinking he could be a Power Ranger when he was 15. He’s opened for SNL’s Sasheer Zamata, Aparna Nancherla, and W. Kamau Bell. He also co-produces “Laughing Liberally Boston,” a show that combines comedy with progressive politics. He’s been featured in SF Sketchfest, the Boston Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition in Chicago, and recently recorded his first hour of stand up titled, “Not From Around Here.”

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MAYNARD — The Love Dogs
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — The Love Dogs

Be among the first to dance the night away at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.

Full bar/lounge. Dinner delivered by several local restaurant partners.
See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

Take a red-hot horn—down and dirty. Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar. Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called “the best in the business,” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around. Season with a few years on the road, tearing up juke joints, festivals, and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic. Sound tasty? It’s a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it’s THE LOVE DOGS.

The Dogs combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock ‘n’ roll into their own powerhouse sound. “It’s important to us to have fun, and sometimes even we don’t know what we’re gonna do next,” says lead vocalist and chief songwriter Eddie “Duato” Scheer. “We have a lot of humor in our music, and we love to surprise each other and make each other laugh.

“We’re all lifetime fans of blues, jazz, and R&B, and we have a real reverence for the music. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The band’s lineup consists of Scheer, Alizon Lissance (keyboards, vocals), Myanna (alto/tenor sax, vocals), Glenn Shambroom (guitar, baritone sax), Randy Bramwell (bass, vocals), and Steve Brown (drums, vocals).

Blues Review notes: “If there was a Superbowl for crowd pleasing rhythm & blues, a photo of The Love Dogs would be on every Wheaties box in America.” Scheer sums it up by saying, “If this band doesn’t put a smile on your face, check your pulse because you just might be dead!”

Doors open at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door • Order your tickets here.
Presales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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ACTON — Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

ACTON — Fugitive Stories at West Acton Villageworks

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at West Acton Villageworks. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

September’s Theme: “Really”

Featured Tellers

Theresa Okokon
Theresa Is a Wisconsin native, a yoga teacher, a social worker, a storyteller, and the co-host of WGBH & Massmouth's Stories from the Stage — the first nationally televised TV show dedicated entirely to live storytelling. She works in nonprofit development, and also owns and operates a small business called LEGIT.yoga, where she provides trauma-informed yoga to people at Boston-area homeless shelters, low-income housing communities, and alternative schools. She loves sandwiches, hammocks, crafting cocktails, cooking without a recipe, and laughter.

Brendyn Schneider
Brendyn has been a professional storyspinner for over 10 years. He’s been featured on Stories from the Stage the hit national TV storytelling show created by Massmouth and WGBH’s The World Channel. He’s also performed at the Cutler Majestic Theater, Emerson College, the Regent Theatre, and other action-packed venues across New England. A Fugitive Stories veteran, he’s a winner of multiple Massmouth regional and semifinal slams, a three-time finalist for Massmouth's annual BigMouthOff show, a Moth StorySLAM winner and Moth GrandSLAM finalist. He has also coached TedX tellers, taught storytelling, and made lots of bizarre choices on stage. To aid in his quest for the perfect bacon egg and cheese sandwich, see him after the show, and visit www.brendynschneider.com..

Rose Saia (Fugitive Stories co-founder)
Rose Saia is a Moth and Massmouth story slam winner who most enjoys telling stories outside of competition. She's been a featured teller at The International Institute “Suitcase Stories” and WGBH’s Stories from the Stage as well as on other stages in the Boston area. When she isn’t telling stories she’s hearing them at her day job as food pantry director for Open Table in Maynard which provides food and meals to over 400 households a week. She's lived in Acton for 25 years but grew up in South Boston, a place full of stories. She is the co-founder of Fugitive Stories who loves returning to the warmth of this community of tellers and those who join to hear them.

$10/online • $12/door • Order your tickets here.
Online ticketing ends at 4pm on the day of the show.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffee House stays open for us until 6pm. Grab a beverage and snack on the way up.
Or walk down the street and purchase a wonderful homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery.

Do you want to be a scheduled community teller in West Acton or another location?
Fill out our form here.

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video

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MAYNARD — HighCamp: “The Great Ball of Fall”
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — HighCamp: “The Great Ball of Fall”

HighCamp plays a lethal party mix of retro and modern big-beat dance tunes anchored in 80's new wave, with splashes of funk, punk, reggae, and pop. 

Bring your pumps and jumps to the floor as they crank three non-stop sets of musical mayhem, including great hits by the B52’s, Cyndi Lauper, Bowie, Madonna, Lena Lovitch, Goldfrapp, The Clash, Bananarama, Dead or Alive, Billy Idol, Blondie, and more!

Featuring John Grosjean (vocals, keys, guitar), Mina Dietzius (vocals, percussion), Stu Weinreb (vocals, guitar), Al Garay (bass), Caroline Apovian (vocals, keys, guitar, percussion), and Jon Golden (drums).

Doors open at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door • Order your tickets here.
Full cash bar. Light snacks provided. Plenty of on-site parking.
Presales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

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ACTON — Will Dailey (“Mystery” Performer)
Oct
9
7:30 PM19:30

ACTON — Will Dailey (“Mystery” Performer)

Our “mystery” is revealed.

Some of you may know Will. He’s been a mainstay on the Boston scene for a while now and has got quite a following in Europe. For those of you who don’t know Will and have already purchased tickets, thank you for your trust in our selection. He may be new to you, but you are likely to be blown away by both his songwriting and performance chops. I know I was. It is a unique experience to hear Will in such an intimate setting. To those of you who have yet to purchase tickets, I suggest you get on it. There are only 20 seats remaining (plus a few SRO tickets, should the room sell out).

A few fun facts. Will . . .

  • and I originally met back stage at a Farm Aid concert.

  • spent much of July on tour in Europe.

  • performed at Fenway Park this summer.

  • has recorded many albums and has more than 10 million spins on Spotify alone.

  • has shared the stage with the likes of Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Tanya Donelly, and Al Kooper, just to name a few.

  • has written songs that have been featured on more than 50 TV shows and films.

  • has won many regional awards, including Album of the Year, Best Song, and Best Singer/Songwriter.

Doors open at 6:30pm • Music starts at 7:30pm
$15/online • $18/door •
Purchase tickets here.
Discounted online tickets are available until 4pm on the day of the show, or until they last.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide a full bar including some excellent wine offerings. Orange Door is a no-cash, no-tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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MAYNARD — Jeff Purchon & Friends
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — Jeff Purchon & Friends

Be among the first to dance the night away at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.

Full bar/lounge. Dinner delivered by several local restaurant partners.
See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

British guitarist Jeff Purchon and his all-star band bring their special brand of soul, blues and funk — with a side order of rock — to life, rousing a crowd to their feet and leaving them wanting more.

Jeff has performed with some of music’s greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

His band features nine-pieces with two female singers; Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, and Fenway favorite Vicki Zelski. Boston’s own Michael Payette, who possesses a range and voice that can cover any song from Michael McDonald to Stevie Wonder, is the lead male vocalist. The world-class rhythm section includes New York's Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Steve Aubert, Phliip Antionades on drums and Percussionist Hal Denham. The line up is rounded out with the inimitable saxophonist Brad Kohl.

JP & Friends will rock your butts off with a variety of music that hits everyone’s sweet spot, with classics old and new. Since their last performance with Fugitive, they’ve played a multitude of private gig and have won a Gold Award as one of the best performing bands on their agency’s roster. They’ll be highlighting a bunch of new material. Come on down and boogie out.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door • Tickets will be available online in early July

Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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